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Changing Polish Identities

Post-War and Post-Accession Polish Migrants in Manchester

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Agniezka Bielewska-Mensah

This book discusses how globalization transforms national identity, comparing the assertion that globalization disembeds national culture with contrasting claims that identities remain primarily anchored in national space. It examines the impact of mobility on identity and explores the role of virtual worlds in preserving national culture.
The investigation is based around a case study looking at two very different groups of Polish migrants in Manchester: those who settled in the city after the Second World War and those who arrived after Poland joined the European Union in 2004. A comparison of the two groups reveals a fascinating transformation in the process of identity formation, which has led to the clearly defined modern identity of the post-war migrants being replaced by a postmodern, multidimensional sense of self in the post-accession migrants.

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Acknowledgements ix List of Tables xi Introduction 1 Chapter 1 Mapping Identity 19 Chapter 2 Mapping the Spaces of Post-War Migrants’ Identity 53 Chapter 3 Mapping the Spaces of Post-Accession Migration 95 Chapter 4 Comparing and Explaining the Geographies of Identity 143 Conclusion 173 Bibliography 181 Appendix: List of Respondents 191 Index 195

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